Nobody ever said life was easy, but it turns out that there are certain tricks to get life to go a little bit smoother. Reddit user SunZuu asked, “What are some cheat codes you’ve found in the game of life?”

By “cheat codes” we’re not talking about actual cheating. In some cases it’s more like bending the rules. In other cases, it’s more like being extra nice to get what you want.

Scroll down for some real life examples about how to make life a little bit easier. Maybe you’ll want to try one of these “cheat codes” today.

  1. Job Interview

    Reddit user TickleMeStalin shared an amazing cheat code:

    Several times in life I’ve cold called a company to confirm my interview time. I didn’t have one prior to my call, but in their confusion and inability to even find my resume I’ve managed to secure an interview about four out of five times. Twice I’ve gotten the job.

  2. Placebos

    Here’s a cheat code for parents shared by tres_chill:

    When my daughter was little and still believed band-aids cured things, one time she had a belly ache so I put one on her belly and it made her feel better. Power of placebos!

  3. Looking Busy

    Written by 37214:

    When I was in my old 500+ person building, I kept a stack of papers on my desk. When I was bored, or got tired of sitting down, I’d get up, grab my stack of papers and walk around. I called them my “walking papers” and did this for months. Got a lot of head nods and not one question the entire time. People always assumed I was on an important mission, but nope. Not in the least.PS: worked on the executive floor / wing, too.

  4. Ask to See the Manager

    Shared by heelstoo:

    If you have no complaints about your food service/staff at a restaurant, ask to see the manager and pay a compliment and a “thank you” about the server/host/staff. Usually people want to see a manager to complain, and a compliment is nearly always welcome.I’ve gotten countless free drinks/appetizers/chips/% off my bill – all for just making a polite comment to management.

  5. I’m a Little Teapot

    This “Easter Egg” shared by InsertPlayerTwo could be good for a laugh:

    Not a cheat code, but an Easter egg:If you ask someone if they know ALL the words to “I’m a little teapot” around 80% of the people you ask will start singing it. Half of those will do the gestures.

  6. It’s How You Walk

    Shared by Just_Curious_Duder:

    Walk with a purpose. For some reason, people think you’re busy and you don’t get hassled.

  7. Bring Pizza

    A pro tip from tenderbranson301:

    No one stops a guy or girl carrying a pizza. It can get you backstage to concerts.

  8. Knowing How to Respond to a Compliment

    insertcaffeine wrote:

    The correct response to any compliment is “Thank you.” You can then follow it up with a comment if you’d like to continue the conversation. If someone likes your dress? “Thank you, it has pockets!” If someone compliments your art? “Thank you, I’ve been practicing.” If someone asks if you’re a professional singer because you have a good singing voice? “Thank you, I just sing for fun.”Not only does it make you seem confident and self-assured, it tells them that they are right! That’s a friendly thing to do. This even works if you don’t believe the compliment. Saying, “Oh, no, I’m ugly,” when someone compliments your appearance not only tells them that they’re wrong, it makes you think of yourself as ugly. A better answer would be, “Thank you, I really appreciate that and I don’t always believe it, so hearing that from you helps.”

  9. A Tip for Teachers and Parents

    Shared by neurotica_9000:

    I am an assistant teacher in a preschool. Asking if kids can use their sitting muscles and listening muscles during circle time makes the kids want to show me how “strong” they are.

  10. Hard Worker

    holy_hunk added:

    Compliment your children with “you are a hard worker” and not “you’re smart”. Studies show that kids who think they’re hard workers outperform kids who think they’re smart.

  11. “You’re Right”

    Shared by Taiwanderful:

    When someone says something true, say “you’re right”, not “i know”. It’ll make them feel better and you’ve still shown everyone how awfully clever you are.

  12. Online Shopping

    Written by TheGarp:

    If any website offers a percentage coupon code like “10percentoff” try higher values like “20percentoff”, they often have them.

  13. An Amazing Cold Weather Tip

    Shared by Lectric_Eye:

    I have a heated throw blanket in my living room- in the winter, I wrap my coat up in it , crank up the heat and in a few minutes, my coat is toasty warm so I can brave the coldest day.